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Alarm Permits

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badgeThe police department has responded to an average of 2083 alarm activations per year, 97% of these are false alarms, only 3% required police action or involvement. The police department is hoping to reduce the number of false alarm activations by alarm owner involvement, responsibility and commitment.

To apply for an Alarm User’s Permit or pay your invoice click on the link City of Newark Alarm Program.

The most significant changes for the public are as follows:

  • All commercial and residential properties with installed alarm hardware are required to have an alarm permit on file with the City of Newark. These permits expire two years after date of issuance.
  • Commercial and residential alarm owners are required to renew their alarm permit biennially at a renewal cost of $10.00. Alarm owners who have alarm permits on file at present will be required to renew their permits by 07/01/2009 or if and when information changes to the permit is necessary, which ever comes first.
  • A false alarm is defined as, “the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure; malfunction; improper installation, maintenance or operation; or the negligence of the owner, lessee or their employees or agents. Such terminology does not include, for example, alarm activation caused by earthquakes, violent storms, power fluctuation, or other violent uncontrollable acts of nature.
  • Fines levied for False Alarm activations:
    • 1st False alarm – $55.00
    • 2nd False alarm - $105.00
    • 3rd False alarm - $210.00
    • Subsequent violations - $210.00 each

Fees will roll back to the previous level after a period of 90 false alarm free days for each violation level.

The Newark City Council approved changes to the Municipal Code involving Alarms, Activation and Fees beginning July 1, 2007.